Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is enjoying his annual sojourn to New York, where his appearance will no doubt prompt the usual walkout by delegates to the UN General Assembly. He took the time to drop in for a chat with Piers Morgan.
During an interview with the British talk-show host on CNN, President Ahmadinejad used the opportunity to enlighten his audience on his views on homosexuality, a practice that is banned in his native Iran. Under Iranian Sharia law the penalty for homosexuality is a death sentence.
The New York Times reported Ahmadinejad disagreed with Morgan's belief that people are born homosexuals. Challenging Morgan the Iranian President said: “Let me ask you this. Do you believe that anyone is giving birth through homosexuality? Homosexuality ceases procreation.”
Global News Desk reported Ahmadinejad accused Western politicians of countenancing homosexuality in return for votes. He went on to say that just because some groups give legitimacy to "ugly behaviour" they cannot expect other countries to give it the same recognition.
The President's opinions make it unlikely he will be taking the time to trawl any of New York's hottest gay bars whilst he's in town.